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      09-26-2018, 08:25 PM   #1
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FINALLY BUILDING MY HOME GYM - equipment recommendations?

My wife and I finally decided to build our home gym downstairs. We're not going to do anything too fancy. The main purpose of the gym is for cardio and a light weight lifting routine. I need some advice, feedback and recommendations for what we have planned:

1) Cover wood floors with an attractive and durable gym flooring - We want to protect our nice wood floors obviously, and and interlocking floor system would be ideal. I've seen some that look like wood grain but I'm not sure it's durable enough for treadmill support. Good brands that won't break the bank and can support a treadmill and elliptical?

2) Treadmill - $1500 budget. Something that will be durable enough for 2 adults to use twice a day each for at least an hour each session (up to 4 hours total use per day). Noise is a minor issue, the gym will befar from the bedrooms, but I'd like to carry a conversation or watch tv while using it. Size is not an issue, but a folding treadmill would be nice provided there isn't too much of a compromise in functionality. Slight incline and range a plus. I don't need heart rate or calories burned function, I don't need a color OLED screen with a live feed to a personal trainer.

3) Elliptical - ditto above. Small footprint would be ideal so long as functionality isn't compromised significantly.

4) Weight bench - It's just a bench, I'm guessing any brand and model will do, but if anyone has any recommendations I'm all ears.

5) Weight rack - a smallish rack that can support some dumbells and a barbell. I'm looking for a all-in-one combo that will fit in the corner.

6) Any other space economical piece of exercise equipment that you can recommend? I do prefer free weights, but I'm open to ideas.
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